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  The International Magazine of THE CHURCH OF GOD ~ ~~~ ~ VOL. XII, NUMBER 1 JANUARY, 1963 WHY God’s Women Do Not Wear MAKE-UP Here is the answer to the question: “Is it a SIN?” Here are ull the FACTS-where, when, by whom, and why it srcinated --its history-what the BIBLE says about it. OST WOMEN, today, take the use of make-up as a matter of course. To ask the question, “Is it wrong? Is it a SIN?” would prove a little start- ling, and probably ridiculous, to the average modern woman. Your great grandmother probably would not have thought such questions ridiculous. But the modern girl or wom- an lives in a world in which it has be- come as common to make up the face as to put on clothes or arrange the hair. When we get so close to a habitual practise that we are surprised by these questions, perhaps we need to stop right where we are, and take a hard look at Who Decides What is Sin As God’s minister, I am commanded to lift up my voice and cry aloud, and show God’s people their sins. Most peo- ple do not know what sin is Most peo- plc assumc that sin is doing what thev -or society-believes to be wrong. The very first thing we need to get settled in our minds is this: GOD DOES NOT ALLOW us TO DECIDE what IS SIN Nor does He allow His ministers to decide it for you. GOD HIMSELF ays down the law God created and set in inexorable motion the laws it is SIN to transgress. Sin is the transgression of M THE FACTS by Herbert W. Armstrong GOD’S AWS (I John 3:4). The Apostle Paul said he would not have known what constituted sin; except by Gods Law. He would not have known it was sin to covet, had not the tenth com- mandment given him that knowledge. Many people today, by the same token, do not know whether it is sin to wear lipstick, or other make-up on the face. They have not looked into God’s spiritual MIKKOH is Law o see whether make-up is sinful dirt on the face UNDERSTAND HIS: God does not allow you to decide WHAT is sin. He allows you to decide only WHETHER you will sin Before ancient Israel God set, on the one hand, right ways and blessings; and on the other hand, transgressions and CURSES ending in eternal death. And He commanded them: “CHOOSE ” He al- lowed them to choose the way of sin and death; but He commanded them to choose LIFE You LaimJL decide WHAT is sin-but you may decide WHETHER to sin. And whatever you sow, that shall you reap It‘s inexorable SIN is against GOD, not people. King David harmed a woman and her hus- band when he forcibly committed adul- tery with Bathsheba and then muidered her husband. But, in broken-hearted re- pentance, David said to God: “Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight” (Psalm 51 :4). David’s sin was against God alone God’s laws were devised and set in motion for oar good. Do we not all want to be happy? God’s laws are THE WAY to happiness. Do we not want to find everything and everybody at peace with us? God’s laws are THE WAY to peace. They are the way to an interest- ing, full, abundant life of real radiating JOY. They are the way to good health, to prosperity, to the thrill of accorn- plishment and success. Get this straight: 1) God forbids nothing that is good for us. God’s laws forbid only what is bad for us-harmful to us or to others. They are the way to pevent sickness and ill health, mental problems and dis- turbances, neuroses, heartaches, fears and worries, discouragements and frus- trations, boredoms and emptiness, pov- erty and unhappiness. 2) We cannot say that every custom or practise of this world’s society is “worldly,” wrong, sinful in Gods sight. Just the fact that a practise like the use of make-up is a universal custom in the world does not, of itself, make it a sin. SIN is not defined or determined by what may be or may not be a universal (Please continue on page 4)  2 The GOOD NEWS Letters to the Editor Comments from French Broadcast “Dear Sir: “It sure is a good feeling to hear someone speak of God as you do. Each hfonday morning I leave for work, my heart filed with joy from your broad- cast. Yet I also fear bxwse of the things prophesied to come. I am 21 years of age, and I bdieve in God. Would you please write to me and help me grow.” Ycung min from Saint-Michel, France “I am wri:ing to tell you that I have never owned a Bible. Wculd you be kind enougll to let me know where I cm buy one and how much does it cost.” Man from Paris, France “Please excuse my Inw grad?< on your Bible Course. Here are the rensons: first of all I ail1 quite old, then I cannot se: very clearly as I was badly wounded and mc,i a:ed during the war-and finally I am beginning to lose my memory.” Man from Le Crensot, France “I was bap:iz-d when I was a child and my education as a Christian stopped after my first communion. That educa- tion was nothing more than belief in images and marvelous stories Later, ah an adolescent, I grew up having the priest c iant the high mass with a l sorts of noises. This didn’t encourage me to pray. I therefore gave it up. It was by accident that I heard you early one m3rning. You immediately caught my interest as you seem to be a real guide. Please help me find the light.” Woman from L’Isle sur Sorgne, France “Your prayers for my mother’s heal- ing have been answered. Perhaps you rein-mber that she had ail enoriiiuus growth on the back of her head for over ten years. This growth finally broke open and drained by itself without hurt- ing her and she is now recovering from it little by little, without suffering. God be praised ” From the daughter of a woman Mr. Apartian anointed in Europe last summer Response to German Broadcast “Today I want to finally take the op- portunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your magazine and the booklet ‘Does God Exist.’ I can say in all sincerity from my own experience, that both of these pieces of literature are something very special -yes, the most interesting things I have ever read ” Man from Frankfort am Main, W. Germany “The subjects you speak on are so in- teresting and instructive that I contin- ually look forward to hearing you.” Man from Rilchingen-Iianweiler, W. Germany “I have received several issues of your magazine and have becomc vcry cn- thusiastic about them, also abmt your booklet ‘Does God Exist.’ No one has ever explained the Bible the way you do.” Woman from Kassel, W. Germiny “Thank you for “Die Reine Wahr- hcit. Outside of the Bible it is the only thing worth reading.” Man from Lalor Park, N.S.W.. Australia “I listen to Radio Luxembourg eariy each morning and also hear your pro- gram, which makes me especially prick up my ears. Mr. Klammer, if you are not a sect, please send me all the issues of your magazine for 1962. We had al- ways been searching tor the plain truth but had never found it. We couldn’t un- derstand the Bib e. We came home from church as empty as when we arrived. My husband, who recently died, was always of the opinion that the truth was being deliberately kept from us.” Woman from Laichingen. W. Germany “We heard you this morning at 7 a.m. We are always glad when we can hear your broadcast. You speak very clearly for every man and speak to us directly from the heart.” Man from Geismar, E. Germany “First of all I would like to thank you for thc letter you sent me last spring telling about the history of your work. On the same day I received a let- ter from another radio evangelist, who warned us of your broadcasts. But as a steady listener and reader of yours, I haven’t been able to find one false doc- trine in what you preach-everything you say is based on the Bible as the true Word of God and the Son Jesus Christ as the One who died for our sins. I really can’t understand why the other side is warning against your message (Please continue on page 16) International magazine of THE CHURCH OF GOD ministerzng to its member rcattered abrocd ~ NO 1 ~~ 70L. XI1 Published monthly at Pasadena, California c 1963 by Radio Church of God EDITOR I I HERBERT . ARMSTRONG EXECUTIVE EDITOR Garner Ted Armstrong I MANAGING EDITOR Herman L. Hoeh I SENIOR EDITOR Roderick C. Meredith Arrociate Editors I Albert J. Portune David Jon Hill ContributinR ditors W. A. Berg Ernest L. Martin Robert C. Boraker Raymond F. McNair C. Wayne Ccle C. Paul Meredith Raymond C. Cole L. Leroy Neff Charles V. Dorothy Ben~amin . Rea Jack R. Elliott Lynn E. Torrance Selmer Hegvold Gerald Waterhouse Ronald Kelly Basil Woherton Clint C. Zimmermnn Foods Consultants Velma Van der Veer Rose McDowell Mary E. Hegvold Isabel1 F. Hoeh Editorial and Production Assistapits James W. Robinson Donald G. McDonald BUSINESS MANAGER Albert J. Portune ADDRESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS to the Editor, Box 11 1. Pasadena, California. Canadian members should address Post Office Box 44 Station A, Vancouver 1, B. C., Canada. Our members in United Kingdom, Europe. and Africa should address the Editor Ambassador Col- lege. Bricket Wood. St. Albans: Herts., England. Members in Australia and Southeast Asia should address the Editor, Box 345, North Sydney, N. S. W.. Australia. In the Philippines. Post Office Box 2601, h4anila. HE SURE TO NOTIFY us IMMEDIATELY of any change in your address. Please inclose both old and new address. IMPORTANT  But Where Is MARTINIQUE? by Dibar Apartian Y ES, where is MARTINIQUE? Many brethren ask me this question when I visit the Churches in the 1.0s An- geles area, and tell them that over in Martinique many people have left the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to turn to the truth. Strange as it may seem, Martinique is not too far away from the U.S.A. Un- like the legendary “Timbuktu” on thr Niger, whose geographical location somehow remains a mystery to millions who often speak of it, Martinique is al- most a neighbor of ours, located south- east of Puerto Rico. It is one of the Windward Islands in the West Indies, with a population of 260,000 French- speaking people of mixed race. But why should we, in God’s Church, be particularly concerned with Marti- nique? What importance does that small island have? Certainly, they don’t have a Fidel Castro for a leader threatening our country, nor does the island offer an unknown hide-out to former Nazi lead- ers. Newspapers seldom, if ever, men- tion its name. God Opens a Door The fact is we wouldn’t have much reason to be really concerned with Mar- tinique, had it not been for God‘s call- ing some of the people on that island in this age. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a WITNESS unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Mat. 24:14). This prophecy is being fulfilled today. The Good News of the soon-coming King- dom of God is now preached almost everywhere in the world-including the small island of Martinique. In May 1961, God opened a “door” before His Church, and we began preach- ing His Gospel in the French language over RADIO CARAIBES, a powerful 20,- 000-watr station located near Marti- nique. That station blankets both Mar- tinique and Guadeloupe, the two major French-speaking islands in the West Indies. From the beginning the response was almost phenomenal. Within the first few months, we received from that lit- tle island more than two hundred letters. But we didn’t have much time to rejoice over this unexpected harvest, as things suddenly changed. God allowed that door to be closed. We didn’t know or understand the reason then; but we . 8 . ..“TF .,* . - . . . . .. .. . . . . This is the group that meets regularly every Sabbath in Martinique. The three who were Adventist ministers are indicated by an arrow. Mr. Jubert is the one in the middle. knew that GOD KNEW IT And that’s all that mattered What Had Happened? “It is with much regret that we were forced to suspend emporarily, we hope -the transmission of your pro- gram,” wrote the Director of Radio Caraibes on December 20 1961. “Our Radio-transmitter is located on land that we have leased from an Irish-Catholic College at St. Lucia. The priests of this College were so strongly against the fact that we had been transmitting non- Catholic programs, that they threatened us either with being evicted or stopping such broadcasts. Presently, we are in- vestigating the possibility of transfer- ring our station to another piece of property we have already acquired. But such a move requires both time and a great deal of money. However, as soon as this is solved, we certainly hope that you will renew your confidence in Radio Caraibes and once again allow us to transmit your excellent broadcast” (Translation ours). But can Satan’s churches close a door that God has opened? Can they stop the preaching of the Gospel before God’s purposed time? “Behold, I have set be fore thee an OPEN DOOR, and NO MAN CAN SHUT IT,” promises the Eternal God to His Church (Rev. 3: 8). Not Once, but Twice a Week Several months passed, but eventually Radio Caraibes did move to its new lo- cation, and asked us to renew our con- mdCL However, this time, instead of being on the air once a week, they of- fered us twice a week-at a much BET- TER TIME This happened last Septem- ber, a few weeks before the Feast of Tabernacles. What were the results? Astonishing We didn’t know it then, but God wanted to shake up the inhabitants of the little island of Martinique. Ever since last September, the letters have been pouring in each week by the doz- ens, asking for our free booklets and inquiring rrwhof’ e are and “what” we believe in. “What is your denomina- tion?” is the classical question we are asked. “What are your affiliations?” When we answer that we believe and teach the Bible, people seem to be at a totnl loss Why-whoever has heard of such a thing in this nuclear age? But actually, thc rcal cavalcade of events began happening last October when we received a long letter from an ex-Adventist minister. Here are some excerpts translated from the French: “Your ‘LE MONDE A VENIR’ [The WORLD OMORROW) rogram caused a split in the Adventist Church in Mar- tinique. Many are now realizing that the doctrines of Mrs. E. G. White are false. I have been an elder for 27 years, but just turned in my resignation. Quite a few followed me, because I was one of the most prominent officers in the  4 The GOOD NEWS January, 1963 up is not directly or specifically men- tioned in the Scriptures. Actually, God’s Word does reveal directly and specifically whether this alteration of the appearance of the face is sin This will come as quite a surprise to nearly all who read this. How is it possible that painting the lips, cheeks, or eyes could be either for- bidden or approved by God’s LAW? It’s time we realize that the Spiritual Law covers every act of right or wrong. God’s Law is a great inexorable over- all Law of SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLES It is not merely ten literal commands. It must be obeyed according to all the scope of its SPIRIT, as Well as its literal letter. The Principle of the Law All the spiritual Law may be summed up in one word-Low. Love is a spirit- ual principle. As the principle of rhe law is applied, it enlarges into the tw great laws OVE toward God and LOVE toward human neighbors. Love toward God, in turn, is enlarged into the first four of the Ten Commandments. And Love toward neighbor is enlarged into the last six of the Ten Commandments. But Jesus showed us, in His earthly ministry, how He magnifies the law further, according to the application of its pinc le. To merely look upon a woman lustfully is to violate the spirit of the law against adultery. To merely hate a brother breaks the law against murder. A Surprise Scripture And so we come directly to a definite and positive declaration of Scripture. We shall then show how this direct teaching reflects the principle of God’s spiritual LAW. The Church is founded upon the prophets, as well as the apostles, with Jesus Christ the chief cornerstone (Eph. 2:20). One of those foundation proph- ets is Isaiah. His message is for us today. He begins by saying: “HEAR. heav- ens, and give ear, 0 earth, for THE ETERNAL HATH SPOKEN ” (1%. 1 :2.) He is speaking of our people, even today -ISRAEL An ox knows his owner. bu: Israel does not seem to know or obey their GOD We are a sinful nation-we have forsaken the Eternal. (Verses and 4.) God pleads with us: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Eternal; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow ... F ye be willing and obedient.” Here is the promise of remission of sins thru Christ. This refers to NEW Testament Israel- In the 2nd chapter God’s Word to us thru Isaiah comes to the last days (verse TODAY Church. The upheaval has reached the stage of near uproar. The Adventists would rather see us dead than alive. Please pray for us.” (Signed Louis 1%- bert). A few weeks later, a second letter ar- rived, written from another Adventist elder who stated in part: “After being in the ministry for 12 years, I just turned in my letter of resignation. We are now meeting at Mr. Jubert’s home inasmuch as certain others have also dropped their membership to serve the true God. We are in need of all the in- structions you can give s in order to be strengthened in the truth. The de- ception of the S.D.A.’s has greatly in- fluenced our wives and children who are not yet able to understand the true Gos- pel. We are standing firm, but please pray for us and for our families ....” What You Can Do Today, there is a group of 57 people, including children and THREE ex-Ad- ventis[ elders who all get together every Sabbath to study the Bible with the help of our booklets. They want to learn more of the truth-they want to grow in it. Our present mailing list in Mar- tinique is over fow hundred, many of whom have already enrolled in the Bible Correspondence Course which has been translated into the French language. “There is yet much persecution against us,” recently wrote Mr. Jubert. “Most of our families are still behind, remaining in the Adventist Church. They will have to come to us, because we now know the truth. For us, there is no way of going back.” This then is the reason we should be interested in the people on the small island of Martinique. These are the peo- ple who have heard the truth and are determined NOT to tgrn hack Will they really succeed? Will they remain stead- fast in their newly-found faith-or will they fall by the wayside? Will they continue obeying God‘s laws, paying His tithes, keeping His Sabbaths and His Holy Days as they are now doing? Much depends on you and your prayers Where then is Martinique? It is just a small island, somewhere in the Atlan- tic Ocean. but ir is another place where God is calling a few to share the glory of this soon-coming Kingdom. These people desperately need your prayers. Are you too busy to PRAY FOR THEM? WHY God’s Women Do Not Wear MAKE-UP (Continwed from page I custom. Sin is transgression of GOD’S laws. The basic Scripture on “worldliness” is I John 2:15-16: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” But what is meant by “the world” in this Scripture? The next verse makes it plain: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh. and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” Lust, coveting-innrdinate desire rn have, to take, to acquire-and pride or VANITY-that is what God here labels as SIN, transgressing the PRINCIPLE of His Law. More on this spirit of vanity later. Spirit, Not Letter of Law “But,” some might exclaim, “I never thought of any connection between lip- stick and the Ten Commandments Sure- ly the Ten Commandmenrs do not say anything about painting the lips or the face.” Perhaps you have a surprise coming. Just read on, and you shall see that God’s Law is abinclusive. It covers the WHOLE DUTY of man. It covers, in principle, everything that can be sin So what we needed to find out, in order to know whether the use of lip- stick and make-up is wrong, is just as simple as that The only question is whether it transgresses GOD’S LAW Whoever continues in sin, wilfully, after receiving the knowledge of the truth is doomed to eternal DEATH It is not enough to say, as one woman wrote me: “I am willing to obey God in all things which 1 THINK are His will.” We must obey what GOD SAYS is His will, and cease doing what GOD SAYS is sin. Lipstick Not Mentioned by Name The English word “lipstick’ is not used anywhere in any English transla- tion or version of the Bible. Nor do we find the modern words “make-up” or “cosmetics.” Most people have believed that the right or wrong of using make-
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